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Old April 29, 2010, 02:15 PM
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I've been looking at laptops for a little while, and I have a few leads, but I'm hoping someone here can help me narrow it down.

My criteria:
1. Battery Life. Lots.
2. Portability. Thin and light.

Processing power is not a huge deal to me, since I'll mostly be doing office-type apps and multimedia. Ideally, I'd be able to play 720p video smoothly (1080p would be a bonus).

Form factor: 12" or 13" screen, I'd consider a 10" if it has a 1366x768 display.
Prefer to have HDMI output as an option.

Wireless N a must, gigabit ethernet would be nice too, though not essential.

I'd like to get a hold of the laptop soon, so upcoming unreleased laptops don't do me much good.

I've been looking at the upcoming ASUS UL30JT, as well as its predecessor the UL30VT. The first reviews from overseas say that the UL30JT is a step backwards in the battery life, and there is no definite ETA for North America. The UL30VT doesn't implement Optimus and requires manual switching between graphics chips, which also requires a proprietary driver from ASUS. I hesitate to buy a product that has already been replaced, since support doesn't carry on forever.

I briefly considered the ASUS 1201N, but I'm not sure how the Atom compares in terms of processing power, and I don't know how the battery life stacks up.

I've also looked at the Acer 3820, but I don't trust their manufacturing and build quality. I'm also not sure about its battery life, and I don't think I need the extra graphics power it packs.

I looked briefly at the Sony Vaio Z but the price tag there is way too high for me. I'm aiming for around $1000.

Any suggestions?
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first, i would like to suggest you to check notebook check site... at Notebookcheck: Asus UL30JT for ul30jt (seems not best of the series) and Notebookcheck: Review Asus Eee PC 1201N Ion-Notebook for 1201n... those battery life seem too short...

anyway i will tell you my experience with acer 3810tz with win7 home premium (i dont know what is really different between 3810 and 3820)... the built is very thin and seems not durable (i think its because of "ulta thin" stuff)... and the button for touchpad is too hard to push... overall the battery life is very good... once, i used the internet for 9 hours... Notebookcheck: Review Acer Aspire 3810T Notebook
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first, i would like to suggest you to check notebook check site... at Notebookcheck: Asus UL30JT for ul30jt (seems not best of the series) and Notebookcheck: Review Asus Eee PC 1201N Ion-Notebook for 1201n... those battery life seem too short...

anyway i will tell you my experience with acer 3810tz with win7 home premium (i dont know what is really different between 3810 and 3820)... the built is very thin and seems not durable (i think its because of "ulta thin" stuff)... and the button for touchpad is too hard to push... overall the battery life is very good... once, i used the internet for 9 hours... Notebookcheck: Review Acer Aspire 3810T Notebook
Thanks for your suggestion. I've been looking all over Notebookcheck, but I didn't compare with the Acer 3810. It seems that the 3810 only has a single core processor and no dedicated graphics. I could deal without the graphics chip, but I'm pretty sure I want a little more processing power.

I agree that the 1201N and the UL30JT both seem to be lacking in battery life. That's why I'm considering the UL30VT-A1.
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Check out my review of the Acer 4810TZ. Mine is the 3rd, last one.

Very satisfied with the build and power. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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^ is the guy who helps me before... [Notebookcheck: Review Acer Aspire 4810T Notebook well no tz model]

anyway... i read that ul30vt is better choice before and i found another article at ASUS UL30VT offers an “UnLimited” Notebook Experience | Notebooks.com which seems very good...

so you can find about 750cdn at ASUS | UL30Vt-A1 13.3" Notebook Computer | UL30VT-A1 | B&H ...

so i am not sure why you are hesitating... but you know that there is no prefect notebook... unless you want mac ibook... ;p

well you also can use notebook advance search to narrow your preference...
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I just pulled the trigger on the UL30VT-A1, and so far it's nice! I added an OCZ Vertex SSD and am just reinstalling Windows now.
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* OFFICIAL UL80VT and UL50VT / VS Owner's Lounge *

You'll find a wealth of info about the UL series there. It is also possible to update the video drivers with a work around as well. I love my UL80VT, the battery just never seems to die, lol.
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Anybody, pls anybody.... compare!!!!!!!!!!!!: :)

Asus UL30, U30, UL50 and...
MSI X360, GX640 (oh, this is gaming so instead P600?)
Samsung R480
Any others to include?

Do I need a LED screen?
Which one????!? HELPPP!! :D

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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I just pulled the trigger on the UL30VT-A1, and so far it's nice! I added an OCZ Vertex SSD and am just reinstalling Windows now.
That is one sweet laptop! Good buy!

What size is your Vertex by the way, 60gb or 120gb?
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That is one sweet laptop! Good buy!

What size is your Vertex by the way, 60gb or 120gb?
The 120GB. It's pretty snappy. With fastboot enabled, I'm to the desktop in less than 10 seconds, and most of that is the Windows load screen and me logging in.

I can get around 8 1/2 hours with wifi on and doing simple browsing and office-type work. With wifi off, it jumped to about 10 hours. These are estimates based on the Windows power meter; I haven't actually pushed it that far down yet.

I'm quite happy with the laptop, it's easy to carry around and can go unplugged for plenty long enough that I can leave my adapter at home.
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